Queen plus Paul Rodgers live
Saturday, November 1, 2008 6:29:21 PM
As I wrote before Brian May and Roger Talyor have formed a new band with Paul Rodgers and decided to call it "Queen + Paul Rodgers", so that people know what it is about, and that they are playing classic Queen songs on their shows.
I already wrote about the new album "The Cosmos Rocks". But that is not all, on their 2008 tour, they came to Belgrade Arena on October 29th! And my brother and me were there.
As said, I never though I would see this, so the whole thing seemed a bit unreal, and I could still get it through my head.
The show started with stars on the giant screen swirling, several explosive thunders and the intro to the new album "What planet is this? Hmm... Let there be rock and roll". In the cloud of smoke I was able to see Roger getting to his drums, and that was the moment when it finally clicked. Those people there really are Queen. And I am seeing them with my eyes directly. No, not a recording. I felt tears forming in my eyes. The feeling was unbelievable.
There were so many great moments it's hard to count them all...
Brian being called back to the stage after Paul's solo performance, cheering so much applause and screaming.
"Love of My Life", as always performed with the audience.
Roger's drum solo including playing the bass with his sticks and playing on a drum set while it's being assembled in front of him.
Hearing Roger singing "I'm In Love With My Car".
"We Believe" live.
The whole guitar solo characterized by Brian's live multi tracking.
"Bijou" with Freddie appearing on the screen.
"Last Horizon" with the disco ball transforming the whole arena into a star sky.
The characteristic claping of "Radio Ga ga" uniting the beat of the whole audience.
"The Show Must Go On" made even more powerfull by the lights.
The starting piano lines from "Bohemian Rhapsody" played by Freddie on screen, and everybody in the hall following every word, every pause.
"All Right Now" audience chorus.
Hearing the "We Will Rock You" guitar solo being played by it's creator.
... and concluding everything with "God Save The Queen".
Even now when I am thinking about it I still find it amazing and unbelievable.
The whole concert lasted for about two and a half hours.
This should be the complete setlist if I am not mistaken:
Intro (Cosmos Rocks)
Hammer To Fall
Tie Your Mother Down
Fat Bottomed Girls
Another One Bites The Dust
I Want It All
I Want To Break Free
Surfs Up...Schools Out
Love Of My Life
Bass Solo incl Under Pressure/Another One Bites The Dust
I'm In Love With My Car
A Kind Of Magic
Say It's Not True
Radio Ga Ga
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
The Show Must Go On
All Right Now
We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions
God Save The Queen